Indoor air quality affects us considerably, especially if you live in Florida where mold contamination is quite common. Because of the intensity and rapid speed at which mold contamination occurs, I wanted to ensure that I provide the ultimate guide to mold contamination prevention to fellow readers.
Having a real estate license and worked in real estate development and remodeling projects, it become evident that mold is a huge problem in the state of Florida. As a result I have also attained a Florida State mold remediation and assessor license and work as a mold remediation expert to help residents prevent mold contamination.
This guide aims to provide some general common sense information about mold to readers and how they can deal with it in the best way possible. Always remember that it is better to prevent mold contamination than trying to control it once it has gained a hold of your house. The fact is that dormant microscopic mold spores can be found just about everywhere, so, keeping these spores at bay is simply futile. To prevent the spores from growing into mold colonies and dispersing toxic reproductive spores into your home, the following steps will help you eliminate mold contamination altogether.
1. Eliminate Moisture
The single most important factor which allows the dormant mold spores to take root is moisture. Homes that have a lot of moisture are bound to suffer at the hands of mold contamination. Hence, you need to focus on eliminating moisture altogether.
To ensure ventilation in moist areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, you should install ventilation fans and take care of plumbing leaks. Aim to keep the indoor humidity levels at around 20% to 60% which will help provide mold protection, the lower you can go the better. Make sure to check the attic from time to time to prevent a hidden haven for mold from developing. You can also clean up minor water spills or for larger water problems hire a professional water damage specialist.
2. Starve the Mold
Mold grows when it feeds on organic matter. You can install an efficient and high-quality air filter into your HVAC system to starve the mold. Make sure to change the filter every month and vacuum the area.
3. Control the Temperature
Finally, you can also control the temperature to prevent mold contamination. Mold prefers indoor temperatures that are a bit warm. Even when you use an air conditioner to keep your home cool, it is possible for certain parts of the house to be in the warmer range. If these areas are under-ventilated, mold contamination can easily occur. Therefore, you need to ensure that closed-up areas also receive cool air.
Once you have finished reading this guide, you will be able to prevent mold contamination. Make sure to share this guide to help everyone you know.